“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
When we were living in Peru, we attempted to continue the tradition of sitting down every year for a Thanksgiving meal, albeit with some different “sides” and much, much different weather for our guests to travel through to get to that carefully set table. Every year, we would continue the tradition of going around the table and each of expressed what we are thankful for, or more importantly---who we were thankful for, and why. Those were special times, and even though it can be a bit of a challenge to try to recreate holidays when you are living abroad, it is the intention of the occasion that counts. The exercise of gratitude is what makes this week so special; indeed, the expression that we are, in fact, cognizant of our many gifts is in itself self edifying and nurtures our very core. So why do we sometimes wait an entire year to reflect on and express gratitude around the table?
I am grateful for so many things, both personally and professionally. But as I write this, I am struck by the overwhelming feeling of gratitude I have for you--our ISLA community. I am thankful for our wonderful ISLA students, and to you as parents for entrusting us with the chance to help them learn and grow. I am thankful for our talented and empathetic faculty and staff who collaborate so well to help nurture the children down the path to academic excellence. I am thankful for all of you who have offered financial support during our PTO fundraisers--the ISLA Jogathon, Give to the Max, and the upcoming Fiesta De La Primavera. Lastly, I am thankful for all the parents and community members who give their most valuable resource--their time--for our numerous volunteer endeavors. As you know, much like gratitude, numerous studies show that volunteering is beneficial for your mental and physical health in several ways, such as fostering a sense of well being, and lowering your blood pressure. But at ISLA, our volunteers are an essential part of what we are, who we are, and a big part of why we are so successful in our mission, so we are very thankful for your help.
I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving,
Sunday December 1, 10am-8pm in store
Minnetonka Barnes & Noble - 13131 Ridgedale Dr.
ISLA will receive 10-20% back from your purchases throughout the store including Starbucks coffee and The Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes. See attached forms - send to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to order now or fill out this form at the book fair on Sunday, 12/1.
Support ISLA with every dollar you spend - books, CDs, DVDs, Cafe items, and more!
Help Teachers fulfill their classroom wish lists.
Entertainment provided by ISLA Teachers, Staff, and Students while you shop.
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Thinking about donating to the Fiesta de la Primavera Silent, Live or Online Auction but don’t know what to give? You may find the perfect item--and a great deal--during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales at various retailers starting on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28. If you happen to be out and about next weekend, consider picking up something to donate to the Fiesta Auction. It’s a great excuse to do some shopping to benefit a great cause...our kids!